of Illness - 2009
appeared to be doing great in January and February. His overall health
was good but his attitude has not improved. He is still quite paranoid
about his oxygen supply even though there has never been an incident of
him running out. We also learned at the end of 2008 that he would have
to change to a different pulmonary doctor because of some administrative
changes at Baylor and he has worried about it daily. His new doctor is
Dr. Robert Black with the Texas Lung Center at Baylor. Dr. Black filled
in for Dr. Millard many times and was actually the doctor on call when
Dennis developed complications after his LVRS in 2005 so he really was
not completely new to Dennis.
first doctor visit of 2009 was on March 9th and they put Dennis through
all of the breathing tests, X-rays, and lab work. We were not able to
schedule the visit with Dr. Parmar on the same date.
March 20th Dennis thought he was getting another infection so he called
Dr. Black's office for a prescription. Dr. Black was out of town so one
of his associated sent out a ZPak. It appeared to have no benefit and on
April 23 we called and asked for another prescription. This time he was
sent a 5 day treatment of Levaquin and only 3 Prednisone. On May 6 we
called again and this time a prescription for a different antibiotic was
called in. This was a very strange episode as Dennis never felt really
sick but was coughing up what appeared to be fresh blood sometimes and
old blood at other times. We are still no sure just what was going on
but it did eventually stop.
original visit with Dr. Parmar was scheduled for May 1st, but Dennis was
not willing to make the trip due to the "swine" flu scare. He
had not received a flu shot this year and was terrified he would catch
it if he had to sit in a waiting room at the hospital.
cancelled the appointment and rescheduled it for the middle of May,
which was also cancelled because of the flu scare. Our current
appointment is June 15 and I am hoping that Dennis agrees to keep the
is still drinking 9 ounces of Original LIMU each morning and a BluFrog
Energy drink with lunch. An update on the effects will be posted to our
blog if you would like to follow his progress.